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Winker Mechanics book – In Print!

Sorry to be so long between posts! I had some health issues that got a bit serious, slowed me way down, got me behind in everything, and I finally ended up in the hospital and had a surgical procedure. Doing much better now. Well the title of this post is fairly self explanatory. My popular

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Makes It All Worthwhile!

Making quality professional ventriloquist figures full time is a lot like hard work, with a lot of painstaking attention to detail. Some days you scratch your head and wonder if it is all worthwhile. You get one of these figures finished, get ’em all packed up and sent on their way to a patiently waiting

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Epoxy Putty on a diet!

For a number of years I had been looking for a light weight epoxy putty, that would work basically like Magic Sculp or Apoxie Sculpt, but the cured material would be light in weight. Epoxy putties can be a great material for altering ventriloquist figure heads or puppet heads, but the problem has always been,

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People kept asking, so……

Since ‘Sparky‘ was first introduced as a finished figure, we have had numerous requests to make him available for purchase as a quality kit head. We have listened to our customers and have made this a reality. You can now purchase this top quality head casting with Sparky’s unique, premium sculpted face, which is brimming

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Sutffed legs with cast feet – attached!

A lot of our Cast Dummy Parts customers like our cast feet. And a lot of them like our stuffed legs as well. Quite a few have asked if they could get the cast feet already attached to the stuffed legs. We, of course, have said, “Sure. We can do that! No problem.” And we

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Our customers do some amazing stuff!

Sorry to be so long between blog posts. I see some light at the end of the tunnel here, but its still going to be crazy busy for a little while yet. No complaints. I realize I am very fortunate to be this busy. I always enjoy hearing from customers and seeing what they have

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Always more than one way to do something. . . .

Having a number of other figure makers dummies (some from contemporary makers, some from makers of old, and everything in between) come through the shop over the years, for repairs, maintenance or sometimes duplication, what I have to marvel at is how many different ways there are to do the same thing. I’ve gotten to

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Handy Shop Fixtures – Part 2

In my last post, I showed you a shop fixture that I use for safely storing various heads that are being worked on. I ended with the question, “when you are working on a head on your workbench or table, what is a good fixture to set the head in so it does not fall

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Handy Shop Fixtures – Part 1

When working on building professional ventriloquist figures, one can easily have several projects going at the same time. While working on the heads, you might do a few steps on one head, set that one aside temporarily, and then work on another head for awhile or another part of the figure. Where can you put

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Simpler can be better. . .

I did a certain crossing eye mechanism a little more than a decade ago, and experimented with this style for 2 reasons. One, just to verify I could do it (its a little fancier than some and tested my soldering skills), and two, to verify its usefulness in a figure. Here’s a few pictures: Basically

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